CRESTVIEW — Twenty classroom and professional development mini grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to teachers Oct. 12, according to the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation.

Okaloosa County School District instructional staff meeting certain guidelines may apply.

Classroom mini grants — which must address at least one of the science, technology, engineering or mathematics initiatives — must support:

•Development and implementation of innovative instructional activities or programs

•Expansion of an existing instructional program to include more students

•Purchase of materials, equipment or supplies to establish a new program or to enhance an existing program.

Professional development mini grants will support:

•Registration fees

•Travel, including mileage, housing and meals

•Required training and conference materials.

Mini grant proposals will be blindly evaluated by a Selection Committee drawn from Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors members. 

Donations have been matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations to make the grant opportunity possible.

Interested instructional staffers can apply to by calling 833-9999 or 833-7614 by Oct. 2.